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An Introduction to the Art oj Playing on the Pianoforte, xvitb an Appendix, containing Technical Terms, and a Jew Exerc'uts, by G. £. William* to,. 6d.

rrVIIS didactic publication is in two X parts. The first treats of the characters; the second contains examples and exercises, followed by an appendix of technical terms, with their explanations.

The author, in his prefatory remarks, informs us that the present work owes its birth to the necessity he has constantly felt, in a long course of practice, of a similar assistance to the master: that taking the advantage of preceding authors, he has not only adopted their improvements, but superadded others of his own; and .their great utility in his private circle of instruction, now induces him to make them public.

This is Mr. Williams's apology for intruding his work upon the musical world. The apology is common with theoretical authors, but the maimer in which Mr. Williams has executed his intention of assisting the teacher, and benefiting the pupil, is by no means so. The clear and regular order in which he has laid down bis elementary rules, the fullness and perspicuity d.splayed in the explanatory observations, and the judicious examples and progressive exercises, give a superior rank to the work, and justify us in saying that it merits the particular attention both of masters and of scholars, and does the greatest credit to Mr. Williams's qualifications as a professional teacher.

9tLet Plaisirs de I' Esperancer;" a Divertimento for the Piano-fr e. Composed and dedicated to Mitt Irgram,Ly J.Cildon. 2s.

This pleasing exercise for the pianoforte consists oi three movements. They arc at once excellent in themselves, and judiciously disposed. The concluding rondo, in six quavers, prcslu a Its bullet, is particularly am active in its subject, conceived with taste, and conducted with judgment.

"Obi come, Ob ! come, my Fair One;" a favourite Song, with an Accrmpaniment for the Fianofurte. Composed by ll'itliam Slapp. is.

To deny this little song a moderate portion of merit would be unjust—to alli.'.v it any thing more would be exceeding its deserts. The melody is connected and easy, but common-place, and the accompaniment wholly consists of an obvious arpeggio, not always of the best

formation, and certainly very dull in tta effect.

Second Petri Paste-Tcmfc, d la Milrtarre, few the Piano-forte. J'cr L. Kb tscb. zs.bi.

Tliis piece consists of four movement*; the first is a march, the second a maes. toso in common time, the third a moderato in common time, and the fourth :ui allegretto in common time: bat thoosb, the movements are all conceived in the same measure, they are so happily diversified in their style, that none of their respective merits are lost on the ear; neither satiety nor monotony results from the uniform division of the ideas, nor, indeed, is that uniformity any way sensibly felt.

"The Rose that weeps with Morning Dcm ,•*• sung by Mr. Bar At nan, set f Music by Genre Mich. ts.6d."

Mr. Nicks has taken the words of the present song from Mrs. UadcliftVs Romance of the Forest. The simplicity and easy flow of the melody please us much. The poetry is natural and unaffected, and the music is analogous and expressive. "Paddy Carey's Fortune, or Irish Promotion;" a favourite comic Song, sung by Mr. Hebb, at the Theatre Royal, Cement Garden, xerillcn by Mr. Cherry, composed by J. Wbitakcr. Is.ti.

Mr. Whitaker has thrown much of die vis coitiica into the music of this song, and as much of the genuine cast of Irish melody as can, perhaps, in reason be expected from an English composer. In this style of vocal composition, its merits are certainly prominent.

"Blylbt were the Hours;" a favourite Song, sitg by Mrs. Ashe, at the Bath Concerts, comptiti ty Mr. Rauzzini, the words by ffiUiam Metrtt, esq. ls.6d.

This ballad commences with a false accent in the melody: the general cast of which is, however, by no means unworthy of the taste and imagination of the late ingenious composer; nyr will the productiou, though a trifle, pass unnoticed by the lovers of simple ballad music

Dr. Haydn's celebrated Air and Cbtrus "A urn

created World,"from The Creatun ; odipleij.i two performers on the fianc-jcrle, with an Accompaniment/or a Flute or Fiolinand iuUncttlf, by J. Mazztngbi, esq. 41.

Mr. Mazzinghi's disposition of lb* parts of this cborus in the arrangement he lias here made of it, will make every admirer of piano-forte duets glad »';>'

lit has undertaken the task. The *'•

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ncral effect lias been happily consulted, and every bar exhibits the hand of a master.

•* Fate gave the Wtrd;" a Ballad, composed and dedicated to Mrs. Harrison, by T. Haigb. 2s.6d,

The melody of this ballad, the poetry of which is from Burns, though not of the first excellence.contnins some pleasing nnd appropriate passages ; and) will, we doubt pot, gratify tbe taste of many hearers. Mr. Haigb, however, will allow us to notice the false accent with which the song opens. The word fate should not base been given to a leading note, but to the first crotchet of a bar. The author's sense is not" Fate gare the word," but •' Fate gave the word."

It Rttoar it Cambridge; Romanes and Rondo for lbs Piano-forte, composed and dedicated to Mist Day, by J. Gitdcn.

Mr. Gildon, in this little production, has displayed much of thut talent for piano-forte composition which has already

frequently demanded our commendation. Both the movements are good in their kind, and the style of the romance i» particularly calculated to introduce the rondo with advantage. *

"All bail to the enlivening Morn;" a favourite Song, composed by T. Thompson, Organist of Ktwcastlevpon-Tyne. u.

In this song we cannot find any prominent traits of original fancy, or striking evidences of a cultivated judgment: mediocrity is the word fliat best applies to the composition, whether looking to the air or the combination.

u Alien to the Cottage'" a Ballad, cemposedfor tbe Voice and Piano-forte, or Harp; also arranged for tbe Harp, Lute, or lyre, by John Parry, Editor if the Welsh Melodies, is. 6d.

"Adieu to the Cottage" is a very pleasing little song. The melody is as simple as appropriate, and conveys the sentiment of the poetry with truth and force.

REPORT OF DISEASES,

Under the Cart of the lute Senior Fhyaician of the Finsbury Dispensary, from tie SOtA of Noiember to the 20th of December, 1810.

THE Reporter has recently met with several instances of the proper intermittent fever. During a period of nearly nine years of attendance as Physician upon one of the most extensive medical charities in the metropolis, the writer of this article does not recollect a single instance of this modification of disease in which he could not trace its origin to some of the marshy counties of the Island; so invariably do the effluvia from a particular sort of soil operate as a cause of a particular species of fever. The more recent instances of ague which he has met with, form no exceptions to this general observation. The Iteportrr lias found arsenic, in the form of Fowler's Solution, to be more uniformly and expeditiously successful in this complaint, than the much and justly celebrated cinchona. The reputation of the Peruvian bark has been in a certain degree impaired by a continuance of its we. It is remarkable, that a medicine, at its first introduction into practice, has often been attended with more signal success than at any subsequent period of its employment; its eSicacy, as well as its fame, seeing, as if it wore away after a length ul tune; wheu il has be

come an old remedy, it ceases to be so powerful a one. Of the Peruvian bark, however, we may still, without trespassing upon truth, speak in very high terms, although not as an infallible specific. Protracted experience seldom fails to throw a dash of diffidence into the composition of our opinions.*

Decided and dreadful as the indications of fever generally are in its advanced and established form, its symptoms are at other times so faintly marked, as to be scarcely distinguishable by a superficial observer, from the condition of ordinary health. The whole of life is, indeed, with some, a state of fever.

The Keporter has lately had an oppor

« When Sir John Tabor went to Versaillas to try the effects of the bark upon Louis the Fourteenth's only son, the Dauphin, who had been long ill of an intermittent fever; the physicians who were about the prince, did not choose to permit hiin to prescribe to their royal patient till they had put to him some medical questions: amongst others, they asked him to define what an intermittent fever was. He replied, "Gentlemen, it is a disease which 1 can cure, »nd which you cannot."

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MONTHLY RETROSPECT Of The FINE ARTS.

Tie Die of all New 1'rints, Communications of Articles of Intelligence, $c art requested under covr.R to the Care of the Publisher.

33>* Srit'nb GalLry of Engraving!, vilib mi Account of each Picture, and a Life of toe Artist. By Edward I'orutr, A.M- F.R.S. tndS.A. No. VII.

THIS Number of Mr. Foster's ele. gant work contains tl)e Flemish Family, by Adrian Ostade, engraved by J. Fuller, A.K.A. The Infant Hercules, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, engraved by C. Heath. A Landscape, by Claude, engraved by Middiinan and Pyc. And the Death of Hippolitus, by Rubens, engraved by Anker Smith, A.ft.A. The Flemish Family is a well-known picture, and a favorable specimen of the talents of Ostade. It was formerly in the collection of the Duke de Praslin, and has been extremely well engraved by a French artist. Mr. Fittler has finished his plate with a good deal of effect and colour, but it is not sufficiently delicate in its texture for a work of this highly finishing painter. The Infant Hercules is a delightful little print, and combines freedom of stroke with truth of representation. The great picture which the inimitable Sir Joshua Reynolds painted of this subject, (which we are sorry to learn from Mr. Forster is suffering from neglect and damp) is only known to the amateurs of this country by a mezzotinto Crint, the original being at St. Petersurgh. It contains the figures of Alcniemi, Amphitrion, and the Servants, who are described as entering the apartment in which the infant god was cradled. The present picture, on the contrary, is siJar to the one by Annibale Cnrracci, in the gallery of the Napoleon Museum, at Pans, and consists simply of one figure, the child, with o serpent in each hand ; but in a style and vigour of imagination far superior to the Bolognese. He bus here embodied the elements, the very germ as it were, of the Famese hero; he who

"strtrtehed out h*u arms to clasp

The scaly oleasters in ha iron graip ,

Fast in each hand their venomed jam he

presc Of the curst serpents, which even goaa

detest; Their circling spires, in many a dreadful fold, Around the slow-hegotten babe they roll'a; The babe unweaned, yet ignorant of tt«. Who never uttered cry, nor shed a tear.TM

24tb Myifytm cf 7btc<mv, fttsski't TratulstxK.

Cool settled indignation is seated on the brow of the beautiful boy; and the whole is an additional proof (if such could now be wanting) of the superior talents of Reynolds for truth and s«j WU mity of expression. Neither should the engraver (the younger Mr. Heath,) \s/t passed without his share of well-deserved praise. The touch, manner, and freedom of outline, so characteristic of the painter's style, is admirably given, particularly the lights, shades, and reflexes, of the flesh. The accessories are forcihly engraved, and have a depth and colour equal to a mezzotinto, with alt the higher beauties of stroke engraving; and is certainly a first-rate print. The Landscape, by Middiman and Pye, is de* licntely handled, and very Claudi^h in effect. We should like to see these artists employed on a picture of Wilson's at Turner's, whose subjects are so much more full and interesting. The Death of Hippolitus, is a grand composition, one of the greatest of the master's, and is a real treasure to its noble possessor, (the Duke of Bedford.) It shows the power and art of Rubens, equal to any thing, after his magnificent Conversion of St. Paul, and perhaps his Descent from the Cross, that we have of this master. Mr. Smith has executed his task with fidelity and care, and hereby has added a new wreath of honour to his name. The whole of the Number is equal to any of the former, and is one of those ostW and splendid works which most desene •access,

IKTBIUGUTE,

INTELLIGENCE.

The govennys of the British Institute Oh have elected his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales president of their society, in tlie room of the late Earl of Dartmouth; and the Marquis of Stafford, deputy-president.

On Monday, the 10th of December, being the anniversary of the institution of the Royal Academy, a general assembly of the Academicians was held at Somerset-place, when the following gen. Uemen were elected officers for the year ensuing •

JV«iofc„i._BENjAMiN West, esq.

Vmtor,.—W. Owen, H. Thomson, J. Nollekens, J. Northcote, and B. Woodiorde, esqrs.

Succeeded by rotation to the council • —A. W. Callcott; J. M. W. Turner; J. Sonne; and C. Rossi, esqrs.

And silver medals were given to the following students:—Mr. C. W. Rosa, for the best drawing of an Academy figure; Mr. J. Linnell, for the best niodel of an Academy figure; Mr. Louis Vulliamy, for the best architectural Drawing.

The academical body has sustained the loss of two members, J. F. Rii^aud, and John Riti ards, esors. Tlie former was a skilful painter, and is best known by his picture of Samson breaking his Bonds, in the council-room of the Academy; and the latter, by his abilities as a scene and landscape painter: he was at the head of that department in Covent Garden Theatre for some years.

On Monday the 17th'ult. Mr. CarLisie, F.R.S. Sec-, professor of anatomy to the Royal Academy, concluded a must valuable course of lectures on the application of the science of anatomy to the purpose of the line arts: they were in every reaped original in inntier and manner; and superior to those of either of his predeces»OfS. The audience was the most respectable and numerous that ever professor drew within those walls. We lament that our present limits will not •Mow us to give each of the interesting discourses at a length proportioned to its interest.

- They were similar in substance to those delivered last year bv the lear:itd professor, immediately after his election • tut considerably matured, and delivered -with a greater How and freedom; the demonstrations were more persuicuous and cuiuiected, the effect of which could now Le perceived from the improvements •hat hare been made in the theatre, and

in the disposition of the lights. The first lecture contained a general and enlarged view of the subject, but as it was nearly the same as that we gave an abstract of in the Magazine for January* last, we shall not here repeat it. The remainder of the lecture exinsistod of a demonstration of the bones of the skeleton, under the general division of the head, Irani, limbs or extremities j and which were subdivided as follows: viz.

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of ?h!.V!"rd JT,Ure disPIay<>d the bone.

of tie upper and lower extremities.

1 he fourth lecture was also devoted to he skeleton, and wa, chielly a recapitu•tion of the former, demonstrated La

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model he employed on this occasion, (one worthy ot" the lectures) was a remarkably fine negro, from whom we understand Mr. Dawe has, this summer, been engaged in painting a largo picture.

Some observations on the trial of Dubost versus Beresford, respecting the cut* ting of an impudent carricature picture, are unavoidably deferred till our ncu.

STATE 9F PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN DECEMBER.

Containing official Papers and authentic Documents.

SWEDES. *THE King issued a proclamation on the 19th of November, ordering the seizure of any English vessel then in the Swedish porrs, and the prohibition of the entrance into the •aid ports of English ships of war, merchantships, or vestals coming from Great Britain, her Colonics, and the States under her immediate Government, or carrying goods being the produce or manufacture of, or belonging to, the Crown of Great Britain and her subjects. It also orders, that English colonial goods must not, from any cown or place in the kingdom, be exported to foreign places on the Continent.

SPAIN JliD PORTUGAL.

A Council of War was held on the l*t intrant in Lord Wellington's Army, in consequence of the distressing situation in which the Allies now find themselves, with the immense crowd of refugees thrown upon their humanity for subsistence, and without slaving the usual communication with tho north of Portugal, as Massena's right is extended to Leiria. A letter from an othcer states, that the distresses of the Portuguese were dreadful. He had had the return of twenty-three deaths in one day from actual want, in one cantonment.

The late accounts from Madrid stated the frequent interruption given to the couriers, in their progress with the mails and dispatches to France. The debates in the Cortes were the constant subject of ridicule with the French party. A decree had bttn issued by Joseph, ordering that the bones of Cervantes, Solis, Corlez, and other distinguished Spaniards, buried in the capital and elsewhere, should be taken up, and their remains conveyed with great parade and ceremony to the royal church of St. Isidore.

nOI.I.AND. Letters from Holland represent the distresses of the inhabitants of the capital, and Other popular towns, as being deplorable in the extreme, owing to the total stagnation of trade. Those who formerly lived in the first style, have been reduced to poverty, or to avert that extremity, have been compelled to contract their expenditure within the narrowest limits. It is mentioned that within few weeks upwards of S"OW domestic servants had been discharged.

OREAT BRITAIN.

The malady of the King lias continued through the month with slight fioctu* ations; and at such a period this great country has been for two months with* out an efficient head to its Government! Some unhappy fatality appears to have befallen it; and we fear that tlie suu uf ks glory is really setting, rtr> was said hy a great statesman twenty years ago!

Parliament has had repeated meetings to little purpose. On the 20th, Mr. Percival, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, moved the following Resolutions:

"That it is the opinion of this Committee, that bis Majesty is prevented by hit prr* sent indisposition from coming to his Parliament, and from attending to the public easiness; and that the personal exercise of the Royal Authority*is thereby suspended.

"That for this purpose, and for maintaining entire the Constitutional Authority of the King, it is necessary that the Lords &»:• tual and Temporal, and Commons of Great Britain and Ireland, should determine an the means whereby the Royal Assent may b« given in Parliament to such Bills as may ba passed by the two Houses of Parliament, respecting the exercise of the powers and aathorities of the Crown, in the name and oa behalf of the King, during the continuance at his Majesty's present indisposition.

"That it is the opinion of this Committee, that it it the rignt and duty of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons of Great Britain and Ireland, now assembled, and lawfully, fully, and freely, represeothu> all the Estates of the people of this Realm, to provide the mean of supplying the detect ia the personal exercise of the Royal Authority, arising from his Majesty's said induposition, in such manner as the exigency of the case may appear to require."

Sir Francis Burdett denied the competency of such a House to decide; and advised an Appeal to the People : and Mr. George Ponsonby, for the Wfiigs, read the following Resolution as an Amendment:

"That an humble address be presented t» his Royal Highness the Prince of Wale*, resuming that his Royal Highness till »* 1' phased

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